Not Here to Put in Time” there flourishes the same commendable Boswellian impulse to
record the achievement of the work that has been -- to commemorate it, to
preserve it, and to perpetuate the deep and enduring human values of discipline,
dedication, creativity, and the affection that fueled it.
We’re Not Here to
put in Time gives
us the authentic voice of real people -- how they lived, what they did, how they
felt, their sorrows and joys and hopes and fears.
Director of Communications at the University of Glasgow
Not Here to Put in Time shines a light on some
oft-forgotten underpinnings of what has made Toronto a civil society, namely the
ceaseless labour of hard-working people who created what many might take for
McCowan’s “twelve laws of learning” clearly originate from what this book
entails and we used all 12 in the Thinking like Murdoch project and the
presentation we gave at the PEO Education Conference. Altogether these 12 laws
of learning, in my opinion, should be used by all teachers.
a result, I’ve come to the conclusion that Work
Ethic = Hard Work + Diligence + Commitment.
But on second thought, Work Ethic might just = Mr. McCowan.
We’re Not Here to Put in
Time is about character....
we choose and follow the best role models, we will improve ourselves and,
generation by generation, our society as a whole.
I think that’s a lesson we can learn from the history of the Scots of
The discussion around the
innovative Ayr Academy highlights the emphasis Scots of the time placed upon
education and the impressive list of accomplishments and positions, professional
and otherwise, held by various McCowans along the way, show just how worthwhile
an education can turn out to be.
McCowan Memorial Social History Initiative
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